WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

Thinking about becoming a snowboard instructor? Wondering what course to book onto.

Here is a quick insight into which qualification pathway is best.  What qualifications are employers looking for?  why traveling to the other side of the world to gain your qualifications might not be everything it's cracked up to be.

The Snowboard instructing industry is littered with various courses and qualifications. These can be done fast tracked with specialised intensive courses or can spread out over longer periods of time.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

A nine to ten week course may seem like a big financial out lay at the beginning. However most packages include pretty much everything from Hotel to meals, training through to exam costs. If you are fairly new to the winter sports industry, you will find the organised training sessions essential. You will gain the correct technical skills to get through the exams.Your coach will have been through the process and know the product inside out.

Traveling to locations further a field can be an awesome way to ride different mountain ranges and experience different culture.

Be aware of the snowboarding instructing system that you are signing up for. Knowledge is everything.
A Canadian qualification is great if you are wanting to instruct in Canada. Be warned that if you are wanting to continue with furthering your qualification then you will have to return to Canada to sit further exams. This could be both costly and time consuming.

BASI SNOWBOARDING: CHECK OUT THE PATHWAY HERE BASI SNOWBOARDING

The advantages of following a journey through the BASI system are huge.
The product is constantly evolving to keep up to date with the changing markets.
The BASI level one Snowboard qualification is a stand alone course and will enable instructors to teach in an indoor environment .
The BASI level two qualification will allow an instructor to teach all over the mountain.  If you are looking for a career in the snowboard industry then completing your BASI level 3 and 4 is essential.
The majority of BASI courses are run through out the year within Europe.The initial level one qualification can be done in a snow dome in the UK. A lot of the exams take place in November in Zermatt, Switzerland. Hintertux in Austria is the spring venue for exams.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer the very best instructor training program on the market. Check out https://vividsnowboarding.com/instructor-training/

Please get in touch if you would like anymore information on any of our instructor training courses or camps.

 


5 reasons to join our instructor training program in Saas Fee

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

  1. The unique timing of the course. Our program kicks off at the end of September and runs through until the end of November. This means that anyone successful in completing the BASI level one and two will be qualified and super employable for the coming northern hemisphere winter.
  2. Rob Norton the founder of Vivid Snowboarding has been a BASI Snowboard Examiner for the last 14 years. He has designed the perfect instructor training program and he knows exactly what it takes to get students through their exams. The idea is to become both awesome riders and instructors with a in depth understanding and knowledge of the BASI snowboarding product
  3. Saas Fee is home to the stomping grounds park during the autumn, the very best snowboarders on the planet come and get warmed up for the coming winter. This will give you an idea of just how good the park is in Saas.
  4. The BASI qualification is one of the strongest in the world. It will give anyone a huge boost when looking for employment. Its not just a question of paying your money and getting a qualification. You have to be able to adapt and improve your riding to be match the criteria set in each exam. Check out the BASI Website for a look at the snowboard pathway BASI SNOWBOARDING
  5. Possible job opportunity with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier, Switzerland for the coming winter.

Check out our instructor training page for more details on our instructor training course BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR


Vivd Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

We are not including accommodation  in the Vivid Snowboarding season opening camp early December in Verbier. We can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon. You can check out a list of accommodation that comes recommended by us here Options.

The last few winters have seen awesome early season snow. The lifts have been up and running during the weekends in November. We confident for another great start to the winter here in Verbier. The resort always do a fine job in preparing the mountain with artificial snow as well shaping and managing the real stuff. The high altitude nature of the slopes in verbier means its a perfect early season location.

Check out the conditions in Verbier weather check

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


Early Winter in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

We are not including accommodation in our Vivid Snowboarding season opening camp but can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Here is a list of all accommodation options we offer at Vivid Snowboarding OPTIONS

Verbier has a great early season snow record. Much of the terrain is above 2500m and holds early season snow fall very well. The mountain staff also do an amazing job of preparing the artificial snow that is blown onto the hill. Verbier as a resort has amazing snow making capability allowing the resort to have one of the most snow sure records in the Alps. Every year the mountain invests in new now making guns to help keep this record. You can keep an eye on the early season snow fall via the following link CONDITIONS

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


ISTA - International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

ISTA - International snow training academy discovery course will be happening this winter in Verbier. Come and get qualified and educated in the backcountry with Vivid Snowboarding. Our awesome day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when riding off-piste. You will be given all the tools to stay safe in the backcountry, education and knowledge are everything.  

The course is structured and designed around a typical day in the mountains. From meet and greet to the days end. The whole day is a combination of theory and enjoyable practical workshops.

These will take the form of learning the ISTA method, Risk assessment, identification and travel on safe terrain. We learn how to manage a crisis situation/search for avalanche burial victims.

In signing up for the qualification you receive a training kit which consists of the following material:

-          Training course book

-          Protective waterproof casing for when out in the mountains.

-          An avalanche emergency procedure.

-          ISTA Discovery badge and certificate on successful completion of the course.

 

Check out ISTA on our camps page 

https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/  

The International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

The cost of the International snow training academy discovery course is 240 CHF. Please get in contact for more details. There is an option to stretch the course out over two days. This would mean more riding time for all. The growth of snowboarding globally has meant we are have to look  further for untouched powder fields. We all have to take responsibility for assessing the dangers that come with that. The International Snow training academy course Discovery will give you knowledge and confidence to ride safely all over the mountain. 

 


THE BASI SNOWBOARDING LEVEL ONE PROCESS

The BASI snowboarding level one exam process could also be called the snowboard foundation course. This qualification sits at the very start of the BASI snowboarding exam pathway and will help you gain employment in snowdomes, dry slopes and possibly with some snow sport schools in a mountain environment. It will introduce you to the BASI snowboarding product, the terminology used and give you the ability to deliver lessons. Whatever standard your technical riding is at it will give you a makeover and something new to think about in your snowboarding approach.

The following areas are to be covered:
- Level one snowboard course which is a five day on snow exam.
- First-Aid Course
- Child protection module is an online course
- 35 hours Snowsports school experience

The technical riding criteria which will need to be performed consistently throughout the course:
- Perform cleanly all phases of the central theme (Central theme being the basic lesson progression from day one learner through to linking turns together)

- Demonstrate in both standard and switch
- Demonstrate effective and strong posture/balance.
- Nose and tail presses, ollies and nollies.
- Frontside and backside 180
- Cleanly carve the last two thirds of the turn on a green or easy blue piste.

35 hours snowboard school experience: this needs to be completed after your level 1 course.
- Can be looking at the day to day running of a snowsports school.
- Shadowing different style lessons and instructors on the mountain.
- How feedback is taken onboard and used to improve standards.

Once all these components are completed a level one snowboard license will be issued by BASI. This is the beginning of the instructing voyage. It could almost be looked at as an intensive snowboard lesson. It will increase your overall technical riding ability while giving you a broader knowledge. The level 2 is the next exciting step.


Instructor training

OUR INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

Our instructor training course

The course could be described as intensive snowboard lesson. You will transform your technical game, you will learn how to become an inspirational instructor and take away some memories for life.

You will want to have around 6 – 10 weeks minimum on a board. However sometimes if your natural ability is exceptional strong then less might be sufficient. The initial part of the course will be taking your riding back to basics. Once these have been nailed you will have a solid foundation to build your riding around.

The course program is geared towards firstly being successful at the BASI level one then moving on to the level two exams. The timescale, location and time of year means it is suitable for a whole range of snowboarders.

Anyone is welcome we take people from 18 years old and upwards. I have during my 10 years examining all levels of instructors in the BASI snowboard system trained and examined riders who are still making turns and wanting to progress their skills in their 60’s. Its never too late to get involved in becoming a instructor, even if you are not going on to use the qualification to find work it will and I guarantee this will make your technical riding so much stronger.

School leavers, university students , career changers , avid snowboarders everyone is welcome – If you want to start your journey into a instructing career then there is no better startingplace.

You can check out all our instructor course here INSTRUCT

 


UNI HOLIDAYS

UNIVERSITY HOLIDAYS WITH VIVID

18-9-15-universityUniversity Holidays with Vivid

The timing of our trainee instructor program will enable students to get qualified during their summer holidays. The nine week course sits in the middle of the summer. A successful candidate can gain their BASI level one and two qualifications by the end of August. This could then be used for full time employment in any ski resort around the globe. It could also help gain part time work during holiday periods whilst you study in the UK. Come for the university holidays with Vivid.
There are numerous Snowsport schools in Europe that look for part time workers. For example, Interski who are based just down the road in Aosta are always taking on instructors on short term contracts during school holidays.

Check out Cervinia CERVINIA

From working in one of these jobs they are great experience, plus you get transport to the resort, food and accommodation included, then in addition you get paid to teach. So you end up gaining some cash, some valuable teaching hours and you get time to ride before and after your teaching hours (generally 10am to 3pm)
Alternatively Britain has a huge amount of Snowdomes and dry slopes which are always after qualified instructors. Demand for staff is generally in the evenings and at weekends. This can fit teaching and riding around your studying.
For the summer 2016 instructor training program Vivid Snowboarding will be offering a 5% discount for all NUS card holders. For further information please contact us at vividsnowboarding@gmail.com

Check out our options VIVID to enjoy the university holidays with Vivid


basi level 3 training

BASI LEVEL 3 TRAINING

BASI LEVEL 3 TRAINING - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid Snowboard Camps

Vivid Snowboarding is creating on snow BASI level 3 training. It's for instructors wanting to reach that next level in their qualification process. The step up from the level 2 to level 3 is dramatic and constructive on snow training is the key to success. We are in the process of finalising our dates and these will be up shortly. Keep an eye out for the product dropping soon on our site.

The Vivid Snowboarding  team has members that have been through the process. Vivid has an active BASI trainer on the books. With all the industry experience we are one of the leader in instructor training. Come and see for yourselves.

Check out our instructor training options VIVID

Have a look through our instructor training page. We also private training. This can be offered at a reduced rate with your BASI membership.

If you are interested in working for Vivid snowboarding in the future , hold your BASI level 2 qualification this training camp could be for you. When looking for new instructors we generally only take people on that we've ridden with on the hill. Its very important to see new team members ride.

 


SPRING TIME IN VERBIER

Vivid Snowboarding

After a very cold winter snap through  December , January and Febuary it is now beginning to feel like spring time in Verbier.

All the team have been busy on the mountain.

We have been training David Wilkie up for some paralympic boardercross events. These have been taking part in Sochi in Russia and the other in Slovenia. These qualifying events are for the paralympic games that are going to be held next winter 2014 in Sochi  ,Russia. We wish you the best of luck with the competitions.

Elsewhere we have been working with a couple of trainee instructors getting them trained up for the up and coming BASI level 2 exams in Austria. They have been working hard all winter and they are now hungry to get involved with the exams. They are feeling comfortable with the understanding of the product, as well as feeling confident in their own ability.

Check out all our instructor training options here INSTRUCTOR

Vivid Snowboarding is an amazing pace to go through the process of becoming an instructor. All the crew have a wealth of experience. There are there three level 4 qualified on the team.

The mountain is in great condition and more snow is expected this coming week. Spring time in Verbier feels awesome!